This pic was one of my highlights on my own Instagram feed last year:


Not because of it’s photographic prowess. Haha! Not because of the atrocious lighting or the fact that it’s blurry. Not even because of the EPIC photo bomber 😉

Because of the faces of my dear friends. Just being their beaming, silly selves.

Inspired by all they saw, touched, felt and perhaps also by a glass of wine, enjoyed under the stars, on a balmy summer’s evening.

Who wouldn’t be happy after ooh-ing, mmm-ing and eating the crumbs off each other’s plates in order to taste the entire smorgasbord of dinner delights at the FoodWineDesign Fair? Yep, this was taken at one of the coolest outings we went on in 2013, on the roof of Hyde Park Shopping Centre, nogal.

So, that’s why I’m SUPER excited about the fact that the fair is back and the 2014 edition brings with it an emphasis on HANDMADE CONTEMPORARY.


And if you’ve never been, imagine leather workers, jewellers, ice cream makers and hand pulled noodle experts… Basically all kinds of brilliant, creative South African artisans – showcasing their craft in a beautiful Victorian-themed urban garden. You can see the artisans at work and chat to them, to better understand studio life and the level of skill required to create something truly special. And most of all, you’ll be able to buy proudly South African artisinal products, from the people who made them, who imagined them, who brought them to magical life.

One of my favorites from last year, Heather Moore of Skinny laMinx, will be  back in 2014 and if you haven’t picked up on this design maestro’s buzz yet, go feast your eyes on the rad videos on the Sanlam Handmade Contemporary FoodWineDesign Fair‘s YouTube channel, which gives you a lekker peek behind the creative curtain:



To get your hands on one of TWO great hampers – which includes a set of double tickets as well product valued at R500…

Tweet @Elmakapelma using the hashtag #HandmadeContemporary and tell me why you deserve to win. 

And then I’ll see you there. Obviously!30906_HMC LOGO